Through an Artist's Eyes

Gaston County Schools Annual Art Show is Now Online!

“Through an Artist’s Eyes: Gaston County Schools Annual Art Show”
at Loray Mill

In keeping with the County's COVID-19 response, The Annual Student Art Show is POSTPONED until further notice.  

Join the Gaston County Museum and Gaston County Schools in celebrating young artists from our County in the opening of “Through an Artist’s Eyes: Gaston County Schools Annual Art Show” opening on Saturday, March 28th. This annual exhibit by the Gaston County Museum showcases over 500 pieces of student artwork from Elementary, Middle, and High School students. Categories for this year’s submissions include painting, drawing, crafts, sculpture, digital art, photography, and more. Come check out the amazing talent of our students from March 28th-May 16th, on the first floor of Loray Mill!

Exhibit hours:
Tuesday – Friday 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM, and Saturday 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

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“Through an Artist’s Eyes: Gaston County Schools Annual Art Show” is a juried student art show modeled after the National Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Works by students in middle and high school are chosen by Gaston County Art Teachers and blind judged at the Gaston County Museum by regional artists who are active in their communities, and accomplished in their craft.

Jurors for 2020 are:

Barbara O’Neal Davis

Barbara Davis

Living in South Carolina for 33 years, Barbara O’Neal Davis has been painting in water mediums, such as watercolor, acrylics, and gouache for 20+ years. Occasionally working in pastels, she also recently added Encaustic, an ancient art form of painting with pigmented wax to the list of mediums she has enjoyed using. Her work varies from realistic to abstract, although she prefers figurative work. Barbara is a member of several local and national art societies and has exhibited all over the country.

Mike Ericsson

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Michael Ericsson was an award winning Graphic Designer and Illustrator for American Greetings of Cleveland, Ohio. He also has won awards exhibiting his paintings and drawings since the early seventies. He relocated to North Carolina where he resides with his wife and youngest daughter.Last year his watercolor painting "Storm Over Lake Wylie" was accepted in the North Carolina Annual Artists Exhibition at the Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum.

Martha Manco

Sweet Sarah Martha Manco

Martha Manco resides in Tega Cay, SC, and loves to convey the complex human form through her paintings. She strives to capture and preserve the character, vitality, and emotion that is revealed during specific moments in time. When she’s not painting the human landscape ,she is working to reflect the beauty of nature—drawn to the challenge of representing the harmonious range of light, shadow and hues that change moment by moment. Martha is a member of the Portrait Society of America, Women Painters of the SouthEast, the Guild of Charlotte Artists, Matthews Artists Guild, Southern Arts Society, and Charlotte Plein Air Painters. Her work can be seen at

Roy Lindsay Woods

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A Gaston County native and a graduate from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, artist Roy Woods is dedicated to bringing the arts to forgotten areas of his hometown. With a background in construction, Roy often incorporates construction materials and processes in his art. Come see Roy’s art on view at the Gaston County Museum now until June 27th, 2020. Roy also welcomes visitors to visit his studio, Creations by Roy Lindsay, located at 729 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia NC 28054.

Liliya Zalevskaya


Liliya Zalevskaya was born in Kiev, Ukraine. As a young teenager her parents immigrated to America, as the Soviet Union fell apart. This continues to inform her interest in how social structures are perceived versus how they are experiencedby the individuals living withing them. She currently lives and works in Charlotte, NC, with her husband, artist David Scott Sackett.